Public hearing on revised Neighborhoods 2020 framework May 6
The public can comment during a public hearing May 6 on the revised Neighborhoods 2020 framework for neighborhood programming, funding and governance structure to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations in 2020 and beyond. This endeavor is part of broader work across the City to ensure greater equity for Minneapolis residents.
Revisions to the Neighborhoods 2020 framework reflect more than 400 pages of public comments. Commenters agreed with the goal that organizations reflect the demographics of the communities they serve and that neighborhood organizations are an integral part of the City’s engagement structure. Revisions to the document based on the comments include removing a hard deadline date when an organization is making positive progress, maintaining a base allocation for each neighborhood organization, and including written communication as one of various forms of engagement methods.
Neighborhoods 2020 framework public hearing
City Council’s Committee on Public Health, Environment and Community Engagement meeting
Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 6
Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.
Anyone unable to attend the public hearing or who prefers to submit their comments in writing can send them to the City Council at [email protected].
In an effort to preserve the existing system and build capacity, the City will offer training and assistance for the organizations still needing to make changes to reflect the diversity of their neighborhoods.
Proposed next steps for the Neighborhoods 2020 framework
- June-July: Listening sessions open to the public.
- Late summer-early fall: draft new guidelines.
- Fall: Public comment on draft guidelines.
- End of 2019: City Council vote on Neighborhoods 2020.
- January 2020: Organizations will have new program.
The framework aligns with the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which states that “Minneapolis will have an equitable civic participation system that enfranchises everyone, recognizes the core and vital service neighborhood organizations provide to the City of Minneapolis, and builds people’s long-term capacity to organize and improve their lives and neighborhoods.” Goals include:
- Organizations reflecting the diversity of the communities they serve.
- Simplifying participation for all.
- Saving money and staff time for participating organizations.
Since 2016, the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department has been holding conversations with community and neighborhood leaders and elected officials about the needs and goals of this growing and vibrant city, and identifying the role that neighborhoods should play in meeting them. This initiative, called Neighborhoods 2020, culminated in the City Council establishing three work groups in the spring of 2018. These work groups consisted of representatives from neighborhood organizations, cultural groups, those with equity/undoing racism experience and representatives appointed by the City Council and mayor. They provided recommendations on three major elements of this work: programming and funding, governance, and a citywide community engagement policy.
More information is available at minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020.
May 2, 2019
Published May 2, 2019